The world has been shaken by the sudden death of one of the greatest boxers of all times on Friday, three-time former world champion Muhammad Ali following respiratory issues and tributes have been pouring in from across the globe ever since:
Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr told Fox News: “There will never be another Muhammad Ali. The black community all around the world, black people all around the world, needed him. He was the voice for us. He’s the voice for me to be where I’m at today.
Quincy Jones said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE: “RIP to the greatest of all time, our brother and friend Muhammad Ali. A man of character, faith, dignity, humanity and professionalism in your craft, you embodied the best of us as human beings. The world will miss your presence, but we’ll celebrate your spirit forever.””
Former president Bill Clinton released a lengthy statement saying:
“Hillary and I are saddened by the passing of Muhammad Ali,” the statement read. “From the day he claimed the Olympic gold medal in 1960, boxing fans across the world knew they were seeing a blend of beauty and grace, speed and strength that may never be matched again.”
The Bernie Sanders campaign followed, saying, “Muhammad Ali was the greatest, not only an extraordinary athlete but a man of great courage and humanity.”
Donald Trump tweeted “Muhammad Ali is dead at 74! A truly great champion and a wonderful guy. He will be missed by all!”
Legendary icon Muhammed Ali lives on!